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13 Professions With the Highest Job Security

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6. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers
> Unemployment rate: 0.3%
> Average annual wage: $61,270
> Total employment: 708,000

Police officers are far less likely to be unemployed than the vast majority of people working in other occupations. Of the 710,000 trained police officers, only 2,000 are looking for work, a 0.3% jobless rate. Unlike many jobs on this list, a college education is almost never required for a patrol officer. However, officers must complete a training academy program and meet a set standard of personal and physical criteria. Non-appointment government jobs are more secure than jobs in the private sector, and all police are employed by either their local, state, or federal governments.

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5. Occupational therapists
> Unemployment rate: 0.3%
> Average annual wage: $81,690
> Total employment: 118,000

Occupational therapy is one of the most in-demand jobs in the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Americans aged 65 and over will outnumber the population five years old and younger for the first time in history before 2020. As aging baby boomers will likely require increased medical attention over the next decade, the number of occupational therapists and other health practitioners will grow at nearly four times the average rate for all U.S. jobs. Occupational therapists currently enjoy the highest job security of nearly any major occupation, with an unemployment rate of just 0.3%.

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4. Stationary engineers and boiler operators
> Unemployment rate: 0.2%
> Average annual wage: $60,480
> Total employment: 78,000

Stationary engineers and boiler operators require little formal education and learn a majority of their skills through on-the-job training that takes an average of four years and often includes 8,000 hours or more of training. More experienced stationary engineers and boiler operators may be difficult to replace, and as a result they enjoy a high degree of job security. Just 0.2% of stationary engineers and boiler operators are unemployed, far less than the 4.4% unemployment rate across all occupations nationwide.

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